“The World Without Us” is an anti-human screed

Since deciding that environmentalism poses the greatest threat to Western civilization and taking on this project, I have taken an interest in many things related to the environmentalist movement. Including the philosophy of environmentalism itself. One book I decided to read is Alan Weisman’s 2007 award-winning and best selling book The World Without Us.

Environmentalist organizations and their activists collectively believe that almost every aspect of human life harms the environment. From driving, to consuming meat,to turning on our computers and televisions, to having children and even flatulence, environmentalists have taken this logic to its irrational conclusion that human existence is evil. It is this insane rationale that is the overall theme of Alan Weisman’s book in which he examines how nature would react if humans suddenly disappeared.

Weisman describes how cities and towns would become wastelands, our dogs and other domesticated animals will be eradicated by nature’s new predators. The new world will be great for insect populations since without humans around pesticides will no longer exist. Generally, Mr. Weisman writes about the persistant pressure we humans allegedly put on nature. In the latter part of his book, Weisman thinks human extinction will take 100,000 years, or more, due to barometrical carbon dioxide (i.e. Co2) to return to preindustrial levels.

All of what is encompassed in The World Without Us demonstrates what environmentalism is all about: an anti-human ideology hostile to all forms of human advancement and progress in the name of sacrificing mankind on Gaia’s altar. Such a macabre, anti-human screed would certainly appeal to the most hardcore of environmentalists but what is curious is why it did so well sales-wise despite its obvious apocalyptic vision. For me it was to confirm an idea I had about the book when I first saw it on bookstore shelves in 2007.

Like any other civilization, what is seen today could go the way of civilizations past. I am inclined to think not, but one thing is for certain the planet will go on without humans if homo sapiens were to go extinct. It is abundantly clear that publications, like Weisman’s book, and statements made by high-profile environmentalist activists and groups that the endgame of the environmentalist movement is a world without us. This book gives insight into the apocalyptic, pessimist vision green groups advocate for mankind.